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Slowing Down

August 1, 2012
Summertime is often a time where we slow things down. The kids are out of school, we take vacations, we enjoy time at the beach or mountains. There’s another type of slowing down that I am often guilty of not listening to. It’s the slowing down of life in general. Taking time to just ‘be’. Taking time to stop ‘doing’ so much. Even taking time to stop thinking (read ‘worrying’) so much.
 
Slowing down doesn’t always come easy for me. Usually, however, the Universe reminds me in no uncertain terms that it’s time to stop. Mid-June it was two days out of work with a pulled back muscle. End of June it was a sprained ankle (though I have to say, the Universe’s timing on this one was poor as it happened while I was actually relaxing on vacation!) So, another two days or so with my foot iced and elevated and literally nowhere to go. Lots of time to think.
 
Even back at work with the sore ankle, I’ve had to slow down. Taking time to consider each move, or to think a process through thoroughly just isn’t how we’re wired anymore. Remember the old saying, “measure twice, cut once.” Our goal instead is to do more in less time. Watching movies, which used to be a time to sit still for a couple of hours, can now not only be done in the car, but on a smartphone in an elevator or the grocery store!
 
Put a stop to the madness! Take some time tonight to look at the stars. Take a walk around the block and look at the neighbors’ gardens. Notice things, even if it’s just while you’re walking to or from your car. When was the last time you looked at the artwork on your own walls?
 
What have you noticed this month that has been right in front of you? This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page. Share your thoughts!
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Balanced Diet, A Different Perspective

July 1, 2012

Acid vs Alkaline

We often talk of a balanced diet in regards to the food pyramid, or the number of servings of fruits and vegetables we eat each day, but balance is much more than that.  Our body’s pH levels must be in balance for us to stay (or get) healthy.

The Western diet leaves most people overly acidic which leaves us open to dis-ease and chronic illness.  By making just a few changes to your daily diet, you can get your body back on track and better able to ward off these illnesses that plague our society.

While you might look at the acid-alkaline lists and think, “Wait a minute, lemons and limes are acidic!”  True, but they key is not just the acidity of the food itself, but how it reacts in the body.  Lemons and limes are actually alkalizing in the body.

I encourage you to explore this further by looking up acid-alkaline and pH balance online.  Do your own research.  There are many lists out there and some conflict slightly (whethere a food is acid or borderline, etc).  Go with yout gut (no pun intended) and change your diet as you see fit.

If you want to “see” the results of your dietary changes, you can purchase pH strips (I have found them online at iHerb.com, feel free to use the code ACU064 to save $5 off your first order).  These are strips of paper that test your saliva or urine for pH balance.

So now that you’ve done a little research, share what you’re changing in your diet this month.  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your thoughts!

It’s Your Life…

June 1, 2012

…so why are so many other people and things controlling it? Let’s take a closer look at this question with an excerpt from Finding Balance, Finding Truth:

When was the last time you had total control over your life? Can’t remember?

Maybe it was in college – you hung out with whom you wanted, began making life’s big decisions on your own. Or maybe you spent college creating the life that your professors, school administration, and family wanted for you.

Maybe it was your teen years – you had few cares in the world. Or maybe you were living up to your coach, guidance counselor, or parents’ dreams.

How about in elementary school – you had no job, little homework, and playtime after school, but you were still told when to get up and go to bed, what to eat, and what to wear.

Infancy is probably the closest we’ve ever come to being in control, and even then we didn’t have total control. If we were hungry, someone fed us. We didn’t have to worry about where our food came from. If we made a mess, someone cleaned it up for us. We had no responsibilities, but then again, we weren’t really mobile or verbal… heck, for a long time we didn’t even know where our own hand went once it was out of sight!

Then something happened. We became more and more in charge of our lives as we got older. The more responsible we became, the more in control we should have become. What happened for most of us is that the more responsible we became for our own lives, the more we gave the control over to others to dictate our life activities. Then guess what happened? We became frustrated, bored, resentful, unhappy, uninspired. And we blame everyone except ourselves.

It’s your life. Are you doing things you enjoy with people  you like? What are you going to do about it?

Share what’s up in your life. What would you like to change?  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your thoughts!

Time to Relax

May 1, 2012
So I’ve found myself with project after project so far this year – none of them completed yet – and little time for relaxing. Granted, the projects are by choice, and I enjoy doing them, but I tend to get wrapped up in them and forget to relax. New ideas come up and I have to force myself to set them aside until current projects are completed. But they’re all so exciting!
 
I want to do it all (and I want to do it all right now!) This has been an ongoing struggle for me all my life. So many activities so little time. Prioritizing has become a way of life. Sometimes this even means saying no to certain things. And sometimes it’s just no for now. This still doesn’t sit well with the perfectionist in me. The one who wants every idea manifested and completed and placed in a nice little box labled “accomplished”.
 
I like to accomplish things. Checking off a list or filing that last page feels good. Each little activity is a little weight off my shoulders. Yes, it’s a weight, even if it’s an activity I chose for enjoyment like reading a book or brewing a batch of beer. These activities are enjoyable while I’m doing them, but there’s still the desire to complete them so I can move on to the next one(s).
 
Patience is the key. Prioritizing. Be…here…now. These are the mantras I teach my clients. It’s time to remind myself of the same. Sometimes it takes getting into a frenzy before I’m realize I’m not walking the talk. So here I am. One major project just about finished and at least two others in the works. I am letting them go, peacefully, while I finish the first and allow myself a little down time. Then I can move forward on the next.
So, just a little reminder to be patient with yourself, with your process. Enjoy where you are now and stay excited about what’s to come!
 
What’s got you excited/antsy/on edge? Share what you’re impatient about right now. This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page. Share your thoughts!

April Showers

April 1, 2012
April showers bring May flowers is how the saying goes. What I think it means is that we sometimes have to tolerate the unpleasant to appreciate the pleasant. We wouldn’t appreciate the warmth of summer without experiencing the cold of winter. We spend years studying for a degree or learning a trade with the (hopeful) payoff of a fulfilling career.
 
Sometimes the waiting isn’t so bad. It’s often how you look at it. Just as we wait through the April showers in order to enjoy the May flowers, those April showers can be fun and refreshing as opposed to dreary. Consider taking a walk on a warm, rainy spring day. If you’re near a pond or lake, spend some time watching the ducks. Ducks really know how to enjoy a good rain shower. Be like the ducks and just let the rain roll of your back.

On occassion, the emotions are too deep to just let “roll off your back”. You have to go deeper. Some call it the “dark night of the soul”, where you need to hit rock bottom before you can emerge, like a phoenix from the flames. When emotional turmoil takes its toll, the best way past it is through it. The thought and worry about going through an emotional upheavel is often worse than the actual emotions. Our imaginations can come up with some pretty painful stuff. When things start to feel bleak. When you reach a point where you can’t or won’t work through an emotional blockage, get help. A spiritual counselor or coach can help you with this process.

Share what you will look at differently this month? What will you let “roll off your back”? This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page. Share your thoughts!

Spring Cleaning and De-Cluttering

March 1, 2012
Often our physical environment reflects our emotional environment. When we’re feeling in the dumps, our home or office and even the car may start to look a little ‘dumpy’. This works the other way as well… our physical environment can influence our emotions. When the house or office is cluttered, often our life feels cluttered.
 
Clear your life by doing a little housecleaning. Even just tackling one room can make a difference. Clear the kitchen counter of all bills, papers, and junk. Clean up the bedroom, putting all laundry in a basket, washing the sheets and blankets and making the bed.
If you want to go all out, pretend you’re moving. Go through every room, space by space, drawer by drawer and get rid of everything you don’t want to pack to take with you. If you wouldn’t take it with you in a move, why keep it around if you’re staying?
 
Once you’ve gone through this process, take a break and see how you feel. When you’re ready, go through your life – your calendar, your addressbook, your emotional attachments and do a similar clearing. Look at weekly or monthly obligations that no longer are of interest to you and work on eliminating them from your calendar.
 
The life clearing is a little more difficult to do than the physical cleaning. If you’re serious about reworking your life to include only those things that make you happy and move you forward, check out Life Management 101.
 
Share what you’ve cleaned and cleared from your life this month. This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page. Share your thoughts!

Consistantly Changing

February 1, 2012
It is said that the only constant is change. When we set a goal, the idea is to see it through, right? What happens if life changes? If you change? Do you still force yourself to either see it through or be a failure?
 
What if that goal no longer serves you? What if your life, your interests, your circumstances change and the goal no longer fits? Sometimes we have to let go of the wheel and go with the flow. Staying in touch with your feelings and knowing what’s working and what’s not is a key piece to living a life you enjoy.
 
How many activities are a part of your life only because you’re stuck in a routine? Have you ever wished you had more time to do things you enjoy? That may be a sign that you need to look at where you are spending your time and make some decisions. What will stay? What has run it’s course and needs to be changed?
 
Often drastic changes arise out of necessity. I experienced that recently when my computer died. As much of a pain as that was, it forced me to make some new upgrades that were long overdue. My old operating system and office programs were so old that I was forced to find new options for my web design. In doing this, I was able to streamline my website and was inspired to update the logo as well. So the site isn’t perfect, yet, but that’s all part of the process of change. Finishing my current book has also been on hold while I go through these changes, but that’s where I had to let it go and go with the flow.
 
What needs to change in your life? Where are you stuck in a rut and need to move on? This question is on TheLifeWalk FaceBook page. Share your thoughts!

Be Resolute

January 1, 2012
It’s that time of year again to make your New Year’s Resolutions. Those of you who have followed my newsletter for some time know that I am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions.  For starters, you can decide to change your life and your habits at any time and be successful.  Why wait until January? (I know the answer for many is that the resolution is health related and holiday binging took its toll and the jeans you wore last fall no longer fit).  
 
OK fine, so you have this present motivation to change your eating and exercise habits.  Let’s go with that as it is.  Studies have shown that 78%-88% of resolutions are never completed.  So let’s change things up a bit, why don’t we?  First of all, the mindset.  If this year’s resolution didn’t work, I can always try again next year, right?  And so goes the cycle year after year. Why not simply make a commitment to change?  (Those of you who have followed my newsletter for some time know that ‘change’ is one my favorite words!) 
 
Change can occur at any time, but for the season’s sake, we’ll go with positive changes for 2012, this new year.  How do you make a solid, lasting change in your life?  Here are a few tips:
 
-Make your goal specific (ie: I will lose x pounds and maintain a weight of xx lbs instead of “I will lose weight”)
-Break your goal down into smaller steps, including planning steps (ie: join a gym or invest in exercise equipment of choice, schedule which days/times you will exercise, list items you will remove from or add to your diet)
-Share your goal with a trusted friend (or two).  You do not have to pledge to the world what you are doing, just have someone you can turn to for support when challenges arise. 
 
Be resolute in your commitment to making your life better, and be patient with yourself when challenges arise. 
 
Big life changes often need structure and support.  If you want to make multiple changes in your life, check out the Life Management 101 e-course while it is still available.  You’re invited to sign up at 50% off it’s regular price for the month of January 2012. I hope you’ll decide to make positive changes this year.
 
What positive changes will you make in 2012?  How will you accomplish these changes?  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your thoughts!

Is It Time?

December 1, 2011
Is it time to make a change?  We’ve reached the end of another year, which means we’re preparing to begin a new year.  Look back on this year… was there something you wanted to do/start/complete/learn this year, but didn’t?  Did you take that archery class?  Jump out of that airplane? Or learn to play the oboe like you’ve always wanted to? 
 
No?  Why not?  Let me guess… no time.  Life got in the way.  Stuff came up.  What if life was about you doing all those things you want to do?  What if learning to play the oboe was as important as going to work or doing the laundry?  You may laugh, but why shouldn’t it be?  Just because it doesn’t earn income and it only brings intangible enjoyment doesn’t mean it’s not important.
 
Let me tell you something… YOU are important!  Yup, that’s right.  You
deserve to spend time/money/energy on yourself.  If you’re not quite sure how to do that… how to fit in the seemingly unimportant things… maybe it’s time to take a look at what’s really important to you.
 
2012 marks a year of changes.  Some think it will be a year of enlightenment (whatever that means).  Some believe it will be a shift in consciousness.  Whatever happens on the grand scale, you are in charge of the changes in your private world.  For me, 2012 marks the ten year annivesary of the course I designed to make changes in my own life.  Since then, the course, first as a teleclass, then as an e-course, has changed many lives.  Next, the course will be reborn as a weekend long seminar to launch, yes, you guessed it… the book!
 
It is time.  As a preview to the weekend seminar and the book launch, you are invited to participate in the e-course while it is still available.  I haven’t yet decided whether the e-course will continue after the book is published.  But just in case, you’re invited to sign up at 50% off it’s regular price for the month of January 2012. I hope you’ll decide to make positive changes this year.
 
What positive changes will you make in 2012?  How will you accomplish these changes?  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your thoughts!
  

Who Can Heal You?

September 1, 2011
We turn to medical professionals, alternative practitioners, self-help books, even psychics, but who can really heal us?  If you’ve spent much time and money on books, lying on massage tables, being poked, prodded, and questioned you may not like the answer.

While practitioners can offer assistance, only YOU can heal you.

That might not be the news you wanted to hear, but if you think about it, it’s a great position to be in.  You are now in control.  You get to decide how to approach your healing path.  You choose who comes along for the ride with you and who is left behind (which can often make a huge difference on your health and healing).

 You may have heard of people who have tried every technique available to quit smoking, but they just can’t kick the habit while others simply quit.  The mind is a very powerful part of healing.  And without the will, healing is nearly impossible.  Take the example of smoking: when you truly decide that smoking will no longer be a part of your life, then it will no longer be a part of your life.  You may need the aid of patches or pills to assist with the physical withdrawel symptoms, but your desire for smoking will no longer be there as a temptation.

Maybe you want to improve your health: balance blood sugar or cholesterol, lose weight, or build endurance.  Whatever your goal, your will to achieve it is the best tool you have.  There is no magic pill or potion that will cause you to lose weight if you choose to remain sedentary and continue to eat foods your body cannot tolerate.

Something else to keep in mind as you decide to change your life: who will you bring along for the ride, and who will get kicked off the bus?  If you are surrounded by people who don’t share your optimism or are determined to hold you back with their own habits, you may want to consider associating with and befriending those who are more in line with your goals.Your options on how to create health and wellness are boundless!  What will you choose?

 
I want to hear about your choices!  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your plans, ask for a cheering section, cheer others on!

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